Gondolas Might Be Returning to Disney World!

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How the gondolas would connect the two resorts to the two parks.

Permits have been filed to possibly bring an advanced gondola system to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

If Disney follows through with these plans, two theme parks and two resorts would be connected.

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Epcot France

In all, the multiple permits filed yesterday are related to the following:

Epcot France to Disney’s Boardwalk Resort

Disney’s Boardwalk Resort to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort to Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

The plans show a gondola transportation skyway system that can travel a good distance across the huge WDW property.

WDW Magic forums broke it down on the map above as follows:  The yellow squares on the map feature the actual gondola stations/stops while the blue squares signify the L-turns to change direction. The orange lines detail the cable routes the gondola cars will travel.

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The Boardwalk.  The resort is just to the right on this photo.

We’re most excited about the possibility of the Epcot France gondola connecting to Disney’s Boardwalk Resort!

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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What We Learned from the DCP

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The BEST feeling!!!

Disney leaves out a few things about the DCP program when you get accepted:

They forget to inform you about the long hours, the crappy pay, and the obnoxious guests

They fail to mention your costume won’t breathe and you’ll always be uncomfortable because your pants never fit

They don’t tell you missing celebrating holidays at home with family kills you inside

They don’t tell you that strollers are your worst enemy

They don’t tell you that your twin bed probably isn’t long enough for you

They don’t tell you not take the bus, not if you can help it

On the very last day of our Spring DCP program.

On the very last day of our Spring DCP program.

And, they also forget to tell you…

They don’t tell you that you will have the absolute best time you could ever imagine!

They don’t tell you that the MOMENT you leave, all you’ll want to do is go back!

And that you book your next Disney trip almost immediately!

They don’t tell you the horrible depression you will endure when you can’t go to Magic Kingdom whenever you want!

They don’t tell you that you’ll regret not riding your favorite ride One Last Time!

They don’t tell you you’ll start to tear up whenever you see a Disney commercial/poster/friend’s vacation, without fail, every time!

They don’t tell you everyone from home starts to get sick of how much you will talk about Disney and how many useless (but true!) facts you now share everyday with everyone!

They don’t tell you that you meet the most spectacular people!

They don’t tell you that people you got the courage to talk to that first week never leave your side, in the absolute best way possible!

They don’t tell you your best friends/soul mates were waiting for you at Disney all along!

They don’t tell you when you first get back your answer to, “What’s the best part?!” will be, “Getting in for free!” and then you will start to realize the best part was the relationships and friendships you built!

They don’t tell you how many times you’ll Facebook or the amount of texts you will send, just so your friends won’t forget you exist!

They don’t tell you that you will find people who could potentially be at or in your (hopefully Disney!) wedding!

They don’t tell you that you’ll miss these people with all your heart and would give the world just to hug them again!

They don’t tell you you’ll find any and every possible way to talk/see/keep in contact with these people!

They don’t tell you that you become a creepy stalker of your friends still working at Disney!

They don’t tell you that you will want to know Every. Single. Detail. about their new roommates, Traditions, work place, coworkers, time off, ride experiences, hidden Mickey findings, character interactions, Dole Whip eating, parade watching, firework shows…!

They don’t tell you that you’ll regret not staying on and going seasonal!

They don’t tell you how you’ll miss the little things about where you worked, even if you despised parts (or managers) of it!

They don’t tell you CMs can be good crazy or legit crazy, but you’ll love working with them anyway!

They don’t tell you your fellow cast members can help you through any situation and for that you are thankful!

They don’t tell you that you’d give ANYTHING to go back for one day, even if it’s a 12 hour day that includes a Code V!

They don’t tell you even though you’re supposed to be removed from your FB Shift Exchange group, you’re still going to be in it because it feels like you’re still there!

They don’t tell you that valuable life lessons will be learned, which would not have been as meaningful had they happened anywhere else!

They don’t tell you months after you worked there, you will always feel like you left just last week!

They don’t tell you that you’re always going to be attached to WDW!  It’s “home” to you now!

They don’t tell you you’d give anything to go back to those perfect 4-5 months!

And, finally, they don’t tell you that Disney changes your life! 🙂

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Final CP Moment: Clocking out for the last time. 😥

** We’ve put together a list of 50 experiences that all CPs have, let us know if we’ve missed any!  Enjoy the feels!

50 Moments All CPs Have 

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From accepted to Alumni….

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Two Disney sisters.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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The Purple Wall at the Magic Kingdom

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Posing at the Purple Wall.

#ThePurpleWall

The Purple Wall is kind of cool. It’s located in Magic Kingdom near the Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor in Tomorrowland.

It’s a pale purple blank wall that really doesn’t look like anything special. Except it is. It’s a wildly popular spot to have your photo taken – or take a selfie – and then post it on Instagram. https://www.instagram.com/purplewallphotos/

It photographs really well. Its medium lilac color is a flattering background color on everyone, there’s good indirect lighting there, and it’s just enough out of the way that you don’t have an audience watching you pose.

So, take your time and get out your cell phone….and snap a few photos of you and your friends!

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Purple as far as the eye can see!

Action: Next time you’re walking in Tomorrowland, stop for a few seconds at the Purple Wall and take some photos.

Action Rating:  Worth it!

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The Purple Wall in Tomorrowland!

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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2017 Blockout Days for Guest Passes at Shanghai Disneyland

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The beautiful new Disney castle at Shanghai Disneyland.  WOW!

We thought we would post the upcoming blockout dates for using your Disney guest passes at Shanghai Disneyland for the next few months.  (Last year, guest passes were blocked out for most of the year after the park’s grand opening in May 2016!)

New official link to check on blockout dates at all Disney Parks: https://blockoutdates.disney.com/

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Such a beautiful park!!

February 2017  – April 2017:  The blockout dates  are below.

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During guest blockout days, you can’t use your guest passes to swipe friends and family into the park for free, but CMs can still get in for free.

Note:  The park tickets do sell out!

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Always check with the official website for ticket availability before you go! https://www.shanghaidisneyresort.com

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The castle at Shanghai Disneyland is Disney’s biggest one yet!  HUGE!!! 197 feet tall!

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Two Disney sisters.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

Rivers of Light at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Opens February 17, 2017!

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Beautiful!

From Walt Disney World Blog, 02/09/2017:

Today, we’re happy to announce one of the park’s newest nighttime experiences, “Rivers of Light,” will make its official debut on February 17, 2017.

Continuing the grand Disney tradition of innovative, after-dark entertainment, “Rivers of Light” combines live performance, floating set pieces, a soaring musical score, fountains and more in a celebration of animals and nature. The story magically unfolds on the broad natural stage of the Discovery River, conveying the uplifting spirit of an ancient and timeless lantern ceremony and filled with symbolism, storytelling and plenty of heart.

To make dining or FastPass+ reservations for this new show, visit: MyDisneyExperience.com or the My Disney Experience app.

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Our blog from earlier this month:

Rivers of Light is finally making its debut at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

The dress rehearsals and technical work on the show have wrapped up and it’s looking good.

If you have been following the technical difficulties surrounding Rivers of Lights, you’ll remember it was first scheduled to open Earth Day 2016 (04/22/2016).  Caroline even made a special trip to WDW to watch the grand premiere…that never happened!

Instead, a barge sank in the lagoon and the entire show had to be reworked leading to a year-long delay!  More details below…

But, first, watch a Dress Rehearsal Preview:  Rivers of Light Preview

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The Tree of Life is used as the backdrop for the show.

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All the new nighttime attractions and entertainment happening at DAK this summer.

The show, originally slated to debut on April 22, 2016 – Earth Day – was indefinitely delayed due to problems with the automated show barges and floats, including one float that unfortunately sank during a rehearsal performance in April.

The show’s downtime and delay has also been used to rewrite large portions of the performance that Disney management deemed “too boring”. The show features animal-inspired floats and lanterns, special lighting and waterworks and fountains,  plus live performers and storytellers.

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The new huge Rivers of Light amphitheater with seating for 5,000 guests.

The amphitheater overlooking the park’s Discovery River, which seats over 5,000 guests, was completed in March 2016 and is open for guests to sit in and rest during the day.

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Elephants on one of the barges.

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Tigers too!

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These illuminated glass sculptures are HUGE, 10-12 feet!

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New RoL merch.  Very pretty!  The lotus flower is the ride’s symbol.

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Popcorn in a Lotus Flower container.

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We’re looking forward to seeing it after almost a year delay….finally!

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Two Disney sisters.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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How To Autograph Like a Disney Princess

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All the Disney princesses have a unique signature and they always sign their autograph the exact same way!

Yes, that’s right.  All the Disney characters at every Disney Park must sign their name using the same the Disney signature font. Same swirl – or heart – over the i, same swirl underneath the name.

How cool is that??!!!

We always collect character autographs while visiting all of the Disney parks:

Mickey Mouse on Main Street USA

11/2016: Mickey Mouse on Main Street USA, Magic Kingdom

Mickey Mouse at Animal Kingdom

11/2016: Mickey Mouse at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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All the official Disney characters signatures.

All characters must learn to sign their name the correct way.

All characters must learn to sign their name the correct way. It’s takes a few days of training and practice to make it perfect.

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But, what if you don’t have time to stand in the character meet and greet lines???

Did you know that you can get a signed autographed postcard or picture from your favorite Disney character?

disney-postcardSend your request to your favorite character to the address below.  What Disney will send you varies from 5 x 7 character postcards to full 8 x 10 photos… make sure you address the letter to your favorite character – they’ll try to send the letter back from that character when they send the picture!  Usually takes 4 weeks.

Walt Disney World Communications

P.O. Box 10040

Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-0040

– OR –

The Walt Disney Company

Attn: Fan Mail Dept.

500 South Buena Vista Street

Burbank, CA 91521

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But, what about Walt’s famous signature?  Do you think you can recognize it??

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The official Disney Company logo, Walt Disney Pictures.

You might think that you know Walt Disney’s signature – after all it’s at the beginning of every Disney movie – but you’re wrong!

logo3 (2)The Disney Company logo is actually a “stylized version” of Walt Disney’s signature.

As can be seen on legal documents, Disney’s own signature was not nearly as exciting or intricate.

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That’s his real signature on his passport.

The ‘Walt Disney’ signature used by the company was actually designed by an animator and is not his real signature. They say that Disney didn’t like the way his real signature looked. In fact, rumor has it that Walt couldn’t even reproduce the famed Disney signature!

But, you know who can reproduce his style of writing???

Mickey Mouse!

Yup, look at how he signs his name and it’s actually Walt’s signature!

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The official Disney Font.  You can download it onto your computer.

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Two Disney sisters.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Being one of the ‘Chosen Ones’ at Disney World

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Being one of the Chosen Ones!

Have you ever been given a lanyard with a red tag on it by a cast member when entering a ride at Disney World?

These lanyards are randomly given to guests in line to determine the posted wait time for that attraction. You might get one while walking into a line for say Peter Pan’s Flight, and the CM handing it to you will ask you to wear it on the ride, and then give it to the CM at the end of the line.

Contrary to rumors, Disney isn’t spying on guests and eavesdropping on their conversations while they wait in lines!!  Say whatever you want to your family and friends!

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Guests don’t mind when seeing that the posted wait time is 25 minutes and then finding out that they boarded the ride after only 12 minutes of waiting. But, they REALLY mind when the wait time is posted at 15 minutes and their real wait time was 30 minutes!

Normally, the real wait times for rides are padded with an extra 5-10 minutes.

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Red lanyards hanging at Peter Pan’s Flight…which has one of the worst line wait times in Fantasyland!  Always use a FastPass for this ride!!!

This is something that is going away as MagicBands become more common. If fact, we were surprised to still see them on our last visit!

Disney has already put sensors in the walls at popular rides in the line beginning area and just before the unloading area that automatically read guests’ MagicBands before and after rides to calculate the wait time.  You’ll see frequently updated signs that say: “From this point, the wait is …”

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Ouch…that’s a LONG wait time! 😦

How it works: RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification. It’s basically a small chip that is embedded somewhere that sends and receives signals from another location.

The red card on the lanyard has an embedded RFID chip in it that’s read by two sensors to determine the current wait time.  The cast members then update the ride sign out front frequently throughout the day with current information.

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Two Disney sisters.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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